When at the beginning of this text, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, I found it difficult to follow young Stephen's meandering thoughts with any semblance of comprehension until I finished reading the novel.
- A concert film documentary captured during the critically acclaimed tour of Europe by Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas during the fall of 2006, it explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony’s songs and Atlas' unfurling video portraiture of the 13 women who performed on stage, TURNING is an intimate and cinematic journey exploring themes of identity, transcendence, and the revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence.
From this beginning stems the birth of an artist, and from this the novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce recounts Stephen's story.
From 1960 onwards, Hijikata directed a host of solo performances featuring Ohno. The first, Divine, was a tribute to the dying transvestite prostitute from Jean Genet's subversive 1943 novel Our Lady of the Flowers. From the beginning, Ohno was yin to Hijikata's yang. While some butoh dancers later came to embody an almost impenetrable stoicism, and others grotesque horror, Ohno expressed something more ethereal, feminine and ecstatic in his reveries.
A work-in-progress screening of Antony and Charles Atlas' tour documentary film TURNING is being presented at the closing night gala at on November 11th in Copenhagen. Click on the image above for further information on the screening.
In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas toured Europe with a concert and live video portrait of 13 women from New York City. The film TURNING explores the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and unfurling video portraiture of the beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring the themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.
Imagery and metaphors are used to show the reader the feeling and life depiction of the person in the poem while portraying the image that reflects this....
The past and the future came and went at their will, but she saw them only in fitful images, which rose and fell by a logic of their own."(606)
This passage, from the last chapters of The Portrait of a Lady, strikes me as one of the most brutally sad moments in the entire novel.